Grant Guidelines

GRANTMAKING GUIDELINES

The Ayiti Community Trust will award funding for projects or programs that demonstrate meaningful and measurable impact at the intersection of three areas:

  • Environment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Civic Education

Environment

Effective integrated management of Haiti’s precious natural resources creates conditions that strengthen climate resiliency, improve livelihood opportunities, and raise long-term economic prospect for generations of Haitians.

ACT seeks to support models that promote environmental renewal with the ability to be replicated in other parts of the country.

Entrepreneurship

Increased access to tools and knowledge for entrepreneurship that increases livelihoods and contributes to sustainable economic growth in local communities.

ACT seeks to enable entrepreneurs to engage in revitalizing their local communities.

Civic Education

Widespread civic education among Haitians, grounded in historical and culture values, positively impacts the quality of life in the communites and buids democracy.

ACT seeks to empower Haitians through community-building activities that foster emerging local leadership, and a robust civil society.

 

Ideally, civic education and entrepreneurship can be integrated into one of Haiti’s greatest environmental challenges: water. Our initial focus is on programs that sustainably address availability, accessibility/distribution, and environmental renewal/protection. Water poses wide-ranging and fundamental challenges, including:

  • Lack of effective integrated management of this precious natural resource.
  • Inadequate government investment in water and sanitation infrastructure.
  • Increasingly depleted existing resources due to deforestation and climate change.
  • Water affordability.
  • Inability of water utility agencies to provide safe drinking water or even water for basic use to burgeoning urban areas.

 

 

The following types of grants can be applied for:

  • Capital – Building, equipment, materials or
  • Operating capital for growth
  • General Operating Support
  • Capacity Building and Technical Assistance
  • Programmatic- restricted to a specific program

These funds are restricted to costs directly related to implementing a program, such as salaries of program staff or consultants, outreach, marketing, supplies, materials, events, local travel, and reasonable indirect costs (overhead).

 

ACT does not fund:

 

  • Relief Efforts
  • Scholarships
  • Research
  • Individuals
  • Endowments
  • Memorials
  • Events
  • Membership
  • Annual Campaigns
  • Reduction of deficits


Eligibility:

  • Registered organizations in Haiti
  • Addresses at least one of the content areas

Criteria for Rating Proposals:

  1. Preference given to Haitian-led organizations based in Haiti.

These are nonprofits with a Haitian majority of its Board members and Executive leadership. This does not rule out other organizations but it requires that they demonstrate a track record of empowering local Haitians as the agents of change.

  1. Track record of prospective grantee’s performance demonstrated by measurable outcomes
  2. mission alignment: how well the proposals addresses the content areas (environment, entrepreneurship, civic education) in an integrated way and within the context of a root cause analysis
  3. outcomes that are sustainable
  4. ability to execute: organizational capacity including sustainability of other funding sources and ability to collaborate with other partners including government
  5. Preference given to requests for grants that are less than 40% of the overall budget.
  6. Scope of impact demonstrated by measurable outcomes e.g.
    • Provide scale up funds of a proven concept/project.
    • Start up funds for a promising new approach
    • Numbers of people served/impacted
    • Geographic scope

 

Terms and Parameters of Grants:

  • Term:

Annual grants with abbreviated process for option to renew multiple times or multi-year grants that meet clear goals to continue.

  • Number of Requests:
    • No limit to the number of times a grantee may reapply
    • One grant per organization per year.
  • Grant amount:

The size of the grant is based on ACT’s grant budget, the number of proposals for funding, and the following:

  • a program’s alignment with our priorities,
  • its scope and scale,
  • overall financial needs
  • capacity

 

Proposal Process :

Step 1. Staff will source, cultivate and invite letters of interest for organizations and programs that meet ACT’s criteria (see above).

Step 2. Grantees will be invited to submit a letter of interest in Kreyol or English to ACT by email or in person. The letter should include the following information:

  1. Size of grant and duration requested
  2. mission and specific program including its geograpy and scope
  3. total budget size and program budget size
  4. demographs of board and executive leadership re: Haitian descent
  5. brief summary of how the grant will be used including:
  6. theory of change or description of intervention
  7. List of collaborations, if any
  8. Primary contact for the organization

 

Attachments to the Letter of Interest:

  1. Proof of registration
  2. Financials
  3. Leadership team of the organization

 

Step 3. If the Letter of Interest leads to a request for a full proposal:

It should adequately address all 8 items above plus the following:

  1. a detailed plan for implementation including budget and timeline
  2. short-term (1-3 years) outcomes(number of people served in what geography, and the change expected)
  3. long term impact (5-10 years) (systems or community level change expected)
  4. how the design of what is proposed builds on past experience
  5. the sustainability of current and future funding sources

 

Contact Information:        

Pierre Imbert

pjimbert@gmail.com

Haiti Cell 509.3777.4318
U.S. Cell 617.755.2571

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